Events

EVENTS

Step Into a Summer of Adventure and Discovery at Bluff Lake Nature Center!

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May 26, 2017 [Event has passed. Join us next year!]

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Blues and Brews on the Bluff

All Ages.

Join us May 26, 2017 from 5-8pm at Bluff Lake Nature Center for an evening of bluegrass music by Thunder and Rain, beer from local craft brewer, Deibolt Brewery, and great food from local food trucks including Simply Pizza and Street Frites for Blues & Brews on the Bluff!

Registration required.

$25 in Advance. $30 on Day of Event.

 

June 3, 2017. 7:25am

NatureThruTheLenz  [Introduction to Nature Photography]

This event is for all ages and skill levels. Join is at 7:25am for a fun and informative presentation on the basics of nature photography. You do not have to have a fancy camera or lens to participate. (Bring your smart phone, if that is all that you have.) We will also provide binoculars for those who do not have a zoom lens. Following ½ hour on interactive instruction, we will do a photography hike. Join us at the Campfire Ring (just behind the information building) at 7:25am sharp!

For this event, parents are encouraged to join their children. Please notify us at [email protected] if you would like for your child/children to borrow an adventure backpack for the event. (We have a limited number of loaners available, complete with binoculars and magnifying lens.)

Registration suggested at [email protected].

This is a free event.

Participants can participate in as much or little of the hike, as appropriate.

 

June 3, 2017 8am

First Saturday Bird Walk

Calling all bird lovers! — Break out your binoculars and join Bluff Lake Volunteer Naturalists and expert birders as they guide you through the trails at Bluff Lake in search of avian adventures. These walks are FREE! More bird species have been identified at Bluff Lake than any other natural area in Denver County — over 170 and counting. Don’t miss your chance to learn from an expert! No experience is necessary. Bring binoculars and a bird field guide if you have them. If you don’t have the equipment, we have plenty to share. Be sure to dress for the weather! Meet by the brown building in the parking lot.

This is a free event.

Participants can participate in as much or little of the walk, as appropriate.

 

June 5-9, 2017

Summer Camp, Week 1:  Pathfinders – SORRY. This Week of Camp is FULL

Pathfinders will engage their adventurous spirits as they learn outdoor skills and exciting ways to thrive in nature. Campers will immerse themselves in the natural world as they discover shelter building, map-making, plant identification and animal tracking. Daily storytelling, survival kit making, and hiking will be sure to keep everyone active and engaged.

Registration closed. This week is full.

 

June 9, 2017.  6-8pm [NEW EVENT]

Arts in the Parks Series

All Ages.

Join us at the Campfire Ring for an informal gathering of artists who are interested in sharing their Love of Nature through the arts. We will have a fun and informative mix of acoustic music, painters, sketch artists, writers and more.

Registration suggested at [email protected].

This is a free event.

 

June 9, 2017.  8:00pm

Full Moon & Firelight

All Ages.

Join us at the Campfire Ring (just behind the information building) for a campfire and discovery program. We will learn about how the lunar phases interplay with our natural environment. The sun will disappear behind the mountains before the official 8:27pm sunset. Five minutes after sunset, the full moon will appear. We will celebrate by making s’mores.

Registration suggested at [email protected].

This is a free event.

 

June 10, 2017. 9am.

Everything You Wanted to Know…

All Ages.

Join us at the Campfire Ring (just behind the information building) to learn all about Bluff Lake. Why is it here? Why is the lake dry sometimes, full at others? What animals call Bluff Lake home? What is the best way to see them?  Why are pets and bicycles not allowed beyond the entry area? Bring your own questions. We will have naturalists and Bluff Lake leadership on hand, and will include a hike around the lake to learn about engineering, storm drain outfalls and more. Bring water and be weather prepared.

This program will begin with a children’s story time to introduce the concept of the importance for caring for our environment. (And on the hike we will see how Bluff Lake’s Wetlands help us deal with real-life “gloppity glop!”)

Registration suggested at [email protected].

This is a free event.

 

June 12-16, 2017

Summer Camp, Week 2:  EcoEngineers – SORRY. This Week of Camp is FULL

EcoEngineers will investigate and discover how our planet’s natural power sources and renewable resources are at work right here at Bluff Lake. Daily hands-on activities, crafts, and experiments will guide campers on their exploration of solar, wind, and hydropower. Campers will use the energy from water and wind to sail hand-made boats as well as harness the power of the sun to cook a snack in a solar oven. This camp is for every kid with some energy to play and to build a strong future for themselves and the planet.

Registration closed. This week is full.

 

June 17, 2017. 10am to 1pm.

Family Nature Adventure Days: MAD SCIENCE

Special Father’s Day Weekend Program – Mom’s welcome too of course

Family/ All ages.

Looking for an outdoor adventure? Strap on one of our adventure backpacks and take a journey through Bluff Lake as you get up close and personal with nature. Meet us at Bluff Lake every third Saturday for our Family Nature Adventure Days, funded by GOCO! Learn to track animals, identify bones, test water, or dig into a science experiment or crafts project. It’s your chance to GO WILD.

Registration suggested at [email protected].

FREE for families in the Go Wild neighborhoods (zip codes: 80022, 80640, 80010, 80216, 80205, 80207, 80239).  Otherwise, only $5 per person. Don’t miss out!

 

June 19-23, 2017

Summer Camp, Week 3:  Time Trekkers – SORRY. This Week of Camp is FULL

What do dinosaurs, cowboys and an international airport have in common? They all once occupied the land around Bluff Lake! Time Trekkers will go on an outdoor adventure through our landscape’s rich local history. Campers will imagine life, art, and stories from Native American’s use of the Bluff Lake site, settlers, pilots, environmentalists, and future life forms. Open exploration of flora and fauna will give campers a rich idea of environmental connections over time and how we can help to steward them.

Registration closed. This week is full.

June 21, 2017. (Previously 6/20)

Summer Solstice at Bluff Lake!

5:10am. [No, this is NOT a typo!]

What does the Summer Solstice, the Movement of the Planets, and the Tilt of the Earth have to do with Bluff Lake and our Environment? Join us at the Campfire Ring (just behind the information building.) Bring your thermos of coffee, your muesli and a juice box for this unique experience and witness the summer solstice sunrise in much the same way the Druids did in building Stonehenge. Bluff Lake will provide an informative interpretive program about Stonehenge and the summer solstice. Dr. Phil Schmidt, PhD (Aeronautics and Astronautics/ MIT and Engineering/ Stanford) is a summer Denver Resident where he volunteers with Bluff Lake Nature Center and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Registration suggested at [email protected].

This is a free event.

 

June 21, 2017. (Previously 6/20)

Summer Solstice at Bluff Lake!

7:45pm.

Join us at the Campfire Ring (just behind the information building) for a fun & informative campfire program. For those who may have joined us at sunrise, we will finalize the stopwatch (that began with our Sunrise Group the exact moment we witnessed the sunrise), and measure the Longest Day of the Year at Sunset. We’ll learn more about how the planets align with our environment. Weather permitting, we will have a campfire and make s’mores. Dr. Phil Schmidt, PhD (Aeronautics and Astronautics/ MIT and Engineering/ Stanford) will  lead a sunset program  where participants will model the Earth’s movement through the solar system to better understand our seasons and nature’s relationship to planetary alignment.

Registration suggested at [email protected].

This is a free event.

 

July 22, 2017. 9am

Nature Journaling

All Ages.

Get in Touch with your internal John Muir! Learn how to capture your own Favorite Things through writing and sketches. All you need is a pencil and some paper, along with a great appreciation for the beauty of nature. We will work together to observe, capture and share. Whether you already have talent as a writer or artist, or you simply would like to learn how to leverage art to capture your own story as part of nature’s great narrative, here is where that new trail begins. Inspire, and be inspired!

This is a free event.

 

June 24, 2017. 9am.

The Nature of the Arts: Poetry

All Ages.

Join us at the Campfire Ring (just behind the information building) for a unique look at how poetry helps us connect with nature. We’ll have a quick introduction to poetry, examine how words help us to capture and communicate a love for nature, and then make a hike to the lake, where we will do some creative journaling. We will conclude by gathering back at the Campfire Ring to share some of our creative inspiration.

Registration suggested at [email protected].

This is a free event.

 

June 26-30, 2017

Summer Camp, Week 4:  River Walkers – SORRY. This Week of Camp is FULL

River Walkers will explore the waterfalls, creek beds, and shaded pools of Sand Creek to investigate how all of life needs and uses water. Campers will discover how the birds, mammals, bugs, and crawfish of Bluff Lake interact with its water sources through hands-on activities, animal encounters, and expert presentations. Campers will have the chance to measure, draw, observe, and play with water as they perform water quality testing, sail boats and build their own dams. Prepare to get wet, meet some aquatic creatures, and have a blast!

Registration closed. This week is full.

 

July 1, 2017. 8am

First Saturday Bird Walk

Calling all bird lovers! — Break out your binoculars and join Bluff Lake Volunteer Naturalists and expert birders as they guide you through the trails at Bluff Lake in search of avian adventures. These walks are FREE! More bird species have been identified at Bluff Lake than any other natural area in Denver County — over 170 and counting. Don’t miss your chance to learn from an expert! No experience is necessary. Bring binoculars and a bird field guide if you have them. If you don’t have the equipment, we have plenty to share. Be sure to dress for the weather! Meet by the brown building in the parking lot.

This is a free event.

Participants can participate in as much or little of the walk, as appropriate.

 

July 7, 2017.  7:45pm

Full Moon & Firelight

All Ages.

Join us at the Campfire Ring (just behind the information building) for a campfire and discovery program. We will learn about our nocturnal friends in nature, as we sit around the campfire. For those interested, we will conclude with a full moon hike around Bluff Lake.

Registration suggested at [email protected].

This is a free event.

 

July 10-14, 2017

Summer Camp, Week 5:  EcoEngineers – SORRY. This Week of Camp is FULL

EcoEngineers will investigate and discover how our planet’s natural power sources and renewable resources are at work right here at Bluff Lake. Daily hands-on activities, crafts, and experiments will guide campers on their exploration of solar, wind, and hydropower. Campers will use the energy from water and wind to sail hand-made boats as well as harness the power of the sun to cook a snack in a solar oven. This camp is for every kid with some energy to play and to build a strong future for themselves and the planet.

Registration closed. This week is full.

 

July 15, 2017. 10am to 1pm.

Family Nature Adventure Days: SKULLS, SKINS, AND SCAT

Family/ All ages.

Looking for an outdoor adventure? Strap on one of our adventure backpacks and take a journey through Bluff Lake as you get up close and personal with nature. Meet us at Bluff Lake every third Saturday for our Family Nature Adventure Days, funded by GOCO! Learn to track animals, identify bones, test water, or dig into a science experiment or crafts project. It’s your chance to GO WILD.

FREE for families in the Go Wild neighborhoods (zip codes: 80022, 80640, 80010, 80216, 80205, 80207, 80239).  Otherwise, only $5 per person. Don’t miss out!

 

July 17-21, 2017

Summer Camp, Week 6:  Pathfinders – SORRY. This Week of Camp is FULL

Pathfinders will engage their adventurous spirits as they learn outdoor skills and exciting ways to thrive in nature. Campers will immerse themselves in the natural world as they discover shelter building, map-making, plant identification and animal tracking. Daily storytelling, survival kit making, and hiking will be sure to keep everyone active and engaged.

Registration closed. This week is full.

 

July 24-28, 2017

Summer Camp, Week 7:  Best of Bluff Lake – SORRY. This Week of Camp is FULL

Our experienced staff will pick the best activities, lessons, crafts and presentations from the summer and create a week full of wild adventures. With plenty of animal encounters, creative projects to bring home and play time in the creek, this is a week not to miss!

Registration closed. This week is full.

 

For the first time this summer, Bluff Lake Nature Center will be offering two weeks of camp in August.

Due to Licensing Requirements, these weeks are only open to campers aged 7-11 (no 6-year-olds.)

These two weeks of camp will begin and end at Bluff Lake Nature Center and will have no Pre- or Post-Camp programming.

Camp will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.

 

July 31 – August 1, 2017

Summer Camp, Week 7:  River Walkers (age 7-11) – SORRY. This Week of Camp is FULL

River Walkers will explore the waterfalls, creek beds, and shaded pools of Sand Creek to investigate how all of life needs and uses water. Campers will discover how the birds, mammals, bugs, and crawfish of Bluff Lake interact with its water sources through hands-on activities, animal encounters, and expert presentations. Campers will have the chance to measure, draw, observe, and play with water as they perform water quality testing, sail boats and build their own dams. Prepare to get wet, meet some aquatic creatures, and have a blast!

Registration closed. This week is full.

 

August 7-11, 2017

Summer Camp, Week 8:  Time Trekkers (age 7-11) – SORRY. This Week of Camp is FULL

What do dinosaurs, cowboys and an international airport have in common? They all once occupied the land around Bluff Lake! Time Trekkers will go on an outdoor adventure through our landscape’s rich local history. Campers will imagine life, art, and stories from Native American’s use of the Bluff Lake site, settlers, pilots, environmentalists, and future life forms. Open exploration of flora and fauna will give campers a rich idea of environmental connections over time and how we can help to steward them.

Registration closed. This week is full.

August 12, 2017. 9am

Nature Journaling

All Ages.

Get in Touch with your internal John Muir! Learn how to capture your own Favorite Things through writing and sketches. All you need is a pencil and some paper, along with a great appreciation for the beauty of nature. We will work together to observe, capture and share. Whether you already have talent as a writer or artist, or you simply would like to learn how to leverage art to capture your own story as part of nature’s great narrative, here is where that new trail begins. Inspire, and be inspired!

This is a free event.

August 31, 2017. 6:00pm [NEW EVENT]

Fireside Chat

Family/ All ages.

Fireside Chat with children’s music brought to you by Rocky Mountain Aardvarks musicians!

Come enjoy one of the front range’s best music acts for kids. Sing songs under the big blue sky with Brett and Hank of Rocky Mountain Aardvarks.

Join Rocky Mountain Aardvarks and the rest of the preschool crowd Thursday, August 31st at 6:00 at the Bluff Lake Nature Center’s Fireside Chat with some songs and s’mores (or popsicles)!!! Suggested donation for this program is $1 per person. Come sing. Come dance. Come s’more. Come rock the bluff!